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lilfarmgirl

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I am not sure where to ask this question. I have three bulls that are going to be a year in June. I normally castrate them earlier but did not do that this year, now I am wondering if it is too late to castrate them? I was not sure of the meat quality because they were kept as bulls for almost a year. So my dilemma is castrate as usual or sell them off as bulls. I am hoping someone here has some insight on this.
 

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Breed? At this date surgery might set them back and you'd have to feed them longer to get them back in condition.. Might take a knock in the price if they're bulls and not purebred.. Young bull meat is just as good if not better than run of the mill..put one in the freezer..
 

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lilfarmgirl":1sywuo3h said:
I am not sure where to ask this question. I have three bulls that are going to be a year in June. I normally castrate them earlier but did not do that this year, now I am wondering if it is too late to castrate them? I was not sure of the meat quality because they were kept as bulls for almost a year. So my dilemma is castrate as usual or sell them off as bulls. I am hoping someone here has some insight on this.

What will you do with them after you casterate? For what it's worth, we sold a finished 14-month old bull for beef and the people said it was very good. If you're going to haul them to the sale barn anyway, I wouldn't bother with the casteration.
 

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I can't see where castrating them would be much of a problem at one year . I man up the road from me got castrated a few years back and he was in his mid twenties to thirty years old and as far as i know he got over it pretty quick. His Gonads set in a jar of alcohol on the sheriff's desk for months. Surely it won't set a calf back too much.
 
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Thanks, if it really doesn't matter if we castrate them or not, then at this point in time I will not have it done.
 

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Yesterday at the fat cattle auction, pen mates one was still a bull one not, same breed, steer weighed 1492# bull 1401# steer brought $101, bull brought $77. In this area it would be worth your time and risk to castrate, maybe there is no difference in your area.
 

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